Friday, March 07, 2008

Security on a Budget

I found an article on personal security that has a good list of some things we can do to better secure our homes/possessions. I have thought about self installed security systems or ample motion lights and security cameras, but this list is a good start before you start dolling out the hundred dollar bills. Here are a few of the ones I found helpful:
  • Trim overgrown shrubs away from the window (eliminate hiding places for crooks)
  • Invest in window pins
  • Lock door that leads from house to garage
  • Separate home address from garage door opener (not sure how this works if you keep your insurance/registration in car)
  • Unmonitored alarm system (x10.com has a pretty nice one)
  • The key fob trick
Any other ideas you'd recommend?

5 comments:

PATR!K said...

Something else to consider with your home locks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwTVBWCijEQ&feature=related

Coach Ann said...

Dogs are another great security system . Really, I'm not kidding. You don't need to get a really yappy one, just one that will let you know when someone is at the door. (They are a lot of work, but I like them.) You could try a "Beware of dog" sign, but if the house were staked out, they would know there really wasn't a dog there.

Lindsay said...

You would think that I'd be more up in arms about home security given the location of our current home, but I'm not. I actually feel relatively safe here. But, that said, our door is always locked, and we've installed some simple window locks on the windows with fire escape access. I agree, though, with the dog comment: I swear -- New Yorkers must be using their dogs as protection. Almost all the dogs I see getting walked along the streets here are, along with being of show-dog quality, are enormous! They might very well be harmless, but they sure don't look it.

PATR!K said...

lindsay, you say you lock your doors but did you check out the YOUTUBE link I shared??

Officer Leeroy said...

That bump key video is pretty scary! It makes me want to start installing biometric security devices at all entrances to my house! This blog was a little comforting. It's a lock that's supposed to eliminate the risk of bump keys. They may be a little pricey, but probably a lot less than what you'd have to pay to replace stolen items!